WHAT?!?! BUT IT’S CLEAN!?!
Surely the heading is some sort of typo….
Nope, sorry ladies!!
After helping 100’s of women with their diets it comes up too often.
“Tel, I’m eating really well but my body just isn’t changing”
This usually mean they are doing one of two things:
Either a) the client isn’t eating enough in general and basically starving themselves rather then fuelling the body at the correct times with the correct foods
b) they ARE eating really well but their thought to be ‘healthy’ snacks are holding them back.
The ‘good’ ‘clean’ snack foods aren’t always that great if you want to drop a bit of weight, lean out or tone up.
OMG TEL AM I EATING THE RIGHT SNACK FOODS?!?!?
Deep breath girl read on…..
I see a lot of women who nail their main meals, a great combination of greens, fats, proteins and carbs! #NAILEDIT
And like with all women we have a cheeky little soft spot for sweets and delish goodies – WHICH IS TOTALLY FINE AND NORMAL. BUT the problem arises when we try to fill a sugar-craving void for a ‘healthier’ ‘cleaner’ version of the snack.
Which sometimes we forget are just as, if not MORE calorie dense then your original options.
Let’s take nuts for an example a SUPER common ‘healthy’ snack – and this is true they are indeed healthy but did you know x10 almonds is considered as snack?? (70 calories about the same as chocolate freddo)
WHO STOPS AT 10 ALMONDS?!?!?!?
Not many people we usually go for a handful, which is nearly 200 calories! (nearly 3 freddos – I know which one I’d rather)
Obviously yes the nuts do have more nutritional value, vitamins etc then a freddo – BUT if your goal is to drop weight you need to be super mindful the quantities of these healthy snack foods you are eating.
Same goes when we are making our own treats such as raw slices, banana muffins, protein balls – these are ALL very calories dense and you will not find many recipes where the calories are under 100 per serve. (which is scary because I know I never eat just one!) By eating these you make it VERY hard for yourself to loose weight.
SO WHAT SHOULD I BE SNACKING ON?
You want food that has more bang for it’s buck, one protein ball would never fill me – maybe 3 would (BOOM there is 450 calories right there) – so you want foods that are low in calories but high in volume. You’ll more then likely be having x2 snacks per day and you want them to be aiming for around 100 calories per snack time.
MY GO TO SNACKS ARE:
-Carrot sticks (41 calories in a carrot)
-Cobs Pop corn single serve packets (63 calories per packet)
-Rice Cakes salt and vinegar are delish (28 calories per rice cake)
-Can of Tuna in Spring Water (81 calories per tan)
-Small banana (90 calories)
AND if I’m feeling like I want a freddo or chocolate I’LL HAVE IT! (at 80-120 calories)
The key is just not to over complicate your diet – you DON’T need fancy snacks, with ingredients that cost an arm and a leg – keep it simple because it’s maintainable AND IT WORKS!!
Just because something is labelled as ‘CLEAN’ ‘RAW’ ‘NO FAT’ ‘NO SUGAR’ ‘HIGH PROTEIN’ doesn’t mean it is miracle product you can eat endless amounts of.
So if you find you’re eating really well and still not getting the results you want just have a closer look at your snack foods – are you over consuming calories dense foods that are holding you back??
If so no biggie sub if for something in my list from above and watch your results start to happen!
Remember this is what I have found has worked for me and my clients – if you have ANY food intolerances, special needs contact a nutritionist.
Stay Strong & Stretch,